Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Work in Progress

I am taking a delightful on-line workshop from Terri Brush.  These little guys will be living in their own special little worlds eventually.  I love taking workshops because you always learn new things even if you have been doing similar work.


 A little Valentine Snowman


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Corsages and Gnomes

It all began with finding this amazing vintage holiday corsage at the church bazaar.  I had a tip-off from a friend who helps organize the fair that there would be something there that should come home with me (nice to have friends in high places).  I got there early and found this great corsage which had been mounted on an amazing image of this lady from the 1960's? posing with the same corsage and a really cool Christmas tree hat.  And all this was mine for $2.00?!

Now I just have to make the hat and you can be sure that I will for next year.

But this year I saw this corsage designed by Kay Whitt who wrote the book Sew Serendipity.  The corsage was featured in the premier issue of a new magazine called Stitch. Craft. Create.  I just loved the pin and the technique she used to get all the scrunchy woolen petals.  And it was just lucky that I had the exact same hand-dyed silk ribbon in my stash that a friend has sent me several years ago.  In addition,  I actually had some over-dyed wool very similar to the wool that was used in the example.  So I made one of these wonderful corsages for myself and have worn it every chance I get.  It's over the top but I feel so very festive wearing it with my favorite white coat.

Here is a little of my obsession with gnomes and a little gnome display that I put together for the holidays.  Lighting is a little weird and the best I can do with my nine year old digital camera (that's practically vintage in camera years!).  This gnome village is a happy little place.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas

My daughter had a request this year for a crazy tacky Christmas sweater.  There are some very cool ones out there on e-bay but incredibly expensive so off to the Thrift Store I go.  I found this nice red cardigan for $5.00... all wool too.  A bonus.

After some sewing and scrounging for tacky, jingling and sparkly embellishments  I came up with this:

You gotta love the pom poms.  I think everyone should wear more pom poms don't you?  Have a festive holiday season!

Friday, December 2, 2011

12 Days of Joyfulness

Are you looking for something crafty to do this holiday season?   Check out Dottie Angel's 12 Days of Joyfulness.  I am sure it will be lots of fun.  She has a great vintage-y crafty style that I love.   Happy Holidays!